Following last night’s loss to the Suns, a game in which rookie Manny Harris scored a career high 27 points, Dan Gilbert took to his twitter account to give Harris an endorsement and perhaps some insight into the direction of the organization-
Insightful Cavs fans get strategy to build & compete for long run.Young,athletic guys & great picks.NEVER gonna waiver.Like Manny?! Yep!
Now anyone who has been paying attention to the Cavaliers this season is well aware that a complete rebuild is inevitable. However, we had yet to hear anything from Dan Gilbert that would resemble an admission that the Cavaliers are no longer contenders. It was of course Gilbert’s intention to try and maintain a playoff viable team despite the loss of it’s superstar during the summer. Even Byron Scott recently said that his directive was to win games, not just develop young talent. Which seemed to indicate that Gilbert hadn’t given up on the dream of being championship contenders before the Miami Heat.
Perhaps we are seeing a change in the direction and tone of the organization now that the team is sitting in dead last in the conference standings.
This wasn’t the first time Harris has received a vote of confidence from the owner. On the last game of the 2010 calendar year, Manny Harris got his first start and it came with this message from Dan Gilbert, again via twitter-
Very curious and excited to see how Manny plays tonight. As you may know, Mo is out and Manny is starting……
There was one other message back on November 13th when Manny and Samardo Samuels were brought up from the D league. The significance of these tweets is that Gilbert doesn’t tweet much at all about any of the other Cavaliers. Twice Mo Williams is mentioned, but both of those have to do with Mo sitting due to an injury. Anderson Varejao also got mentions for being out with injuries. Other than that, most of Gilbert’s twitter activity is interaction with fans.
Now it would make sense for Gilbert to root for Manny Harris. Both are Michigan products, and let’s face it Gilbert has a vested interest in Manny’s success. If the Cavaliers can find a starter for the future out of an undrafted rookie free agent, that looks good for the organization. It also means they can look at other positions in the draft. It is certainly way too early to call Manny Harris the future of anything in Cleveland, but he certainly has one fan already.